Bees neo-iconography was developed
in a cultural and spiritual climate where freedom lives
together with a stylistic rigor which is consistent with
its spiritual content. In Bees view, the images
of the Theotokos are projections of faith meant to stimulate
the spiritual energies of those who contemplate them.
After a long spiritual and cultural itinerary crossing
through Buddhism and Hinduism, the artist has achieved
a fusion of espressions which is unique in its genre.
Byzantine art influences Bee with its iconographic history
due to its fundamental imprint, which he blends in with
his own style, and which allows him not to be bound by
historical and cultural patterns and conditions. In the
compositional structure of Byzantine art, the artist finds
the typologic archetype of the Redeemer and of the Theotokos
which is closest to the original transmission of the Gospels.
The paintings depicting the Virgin and the Redeemer are
authentic masterpieces created by an artist who wants
to keep in the shade so as not to lose the inner essence
and significance of his art. Bee is a mystic who is endowed
with the divine gift of art.
- With his psychocosmograms and drawings,
Bee, an artist and master of depth meditation, brings to
light the content of his individual and collective unconscious.
This is an art of "being" which fully expresses
the soul of the artist, and is the result of deep introspection
with psychological and spiritual methods from Asian tradition.
- My friend Bees art emanates an energy
which involves me and conveys its sense of mystery to me.
- Attracted by certain aspects of Hinduist
religion and Zen Buddhism, Masterbee has come to conceive
his art as the testimony of a meditative psychic process
which is oriented towards a cosmic and universal vision
of life, and as a way of expanding his ego, his own Self,
into this vision. After having been inspired by oriental
religions with their mandala signs and other visual symbols,
from which his subtle architectures were spawned, recently
the artist has explicitly put together a series of works
on themes from Christian iconography, giving a suggestively
original interpretation of them. An example is this Crucifix
which has been freed from the wood of the cross, while the
painting with Christ and the apostles presents itself as
an evocative transfiguration of the Last Supper. In the
transparent lightness of the color, both images appear to
be projected into a dimension existing beyond this world.
As he is attracted by certain aspects of
Hindu and Buddhist religion, Bee has come to conceive his
art as a direct testimony of a meditative process which
is oriented towards a cosmic and universal vision.
Gian Alberto DellAcqua
- The deep and incommensurable stremgth of
the profets as described in the Coran is within him and
Gabriel Mandel Khan Califfo
- In Bees art I find an elaboration
of the imaginary content of the unconscious, which is symbolized
by rigorous geometric schemes in the Yantras and Mandalas.
The difference lies in the approach to the vision of depth.
While the Yantras and Mandalas are molds which help to approach
the mystery, Bee lets his imagination flow freely to reach
Ravi Kumar New Delhi
- The universe created by Bee, the only artist
who has managed to offer us his universe in terms that are
credible from a scientific point of view, and fascinating
from an artistic angle. I am not a critic, Im only
interested in painting when it speaks a language which we
can all understand, and which is credible enough to encourage
the spirit of research that I have tried to stimulate with
my books, articles and debates. Bee follows a continuous
route which has been fascinating since he set off, and which
will go on captivating us with a wonderful, colored, kaleidoscopic
future. Bee offers us an adventure on a Jet of energy without
frontiers and without end, of which we can perceive an image
only through in his paintings.
- In contemplating Bees paintings and
starting with the Suppers, in which the figure of Christ
is simultaneously the source and a part of a thick network
through which universal energy runs, I realize how irresistibly
they catch the onlooker. I always think, then, about all
of those who have not had the privilege of such a vision:
a gift of high spirituality combined with exceptional expressive
- When I met Bee and his work in Japan, I
was immediately captured by the charm of this original artist,
who wants to stay away from the chaos of the various, more
or less significant currents in the international circuit.
Bee is totally aware of his artistic importance and he doesnt
hide it, but he lives a hermits life that allows him
to dedicate all his time to profound contemplation and to
art. We cannot be unmoved by the fascination of his works
and the psychic and spiritual magnetism they emanate. A
mysterious current flows through his works, which are a
true testimony of an art which is capable of transmitting
an authentic spiritual and artistic experience. The topicality
of Bees art is evident in modern mans need to
turn to introspection and to the sense of the Sacred if
he wants to survive as a complete being and have good prospects
for the future.
- Bee is one of those rare examples of artists
for whom graphics and the graphic sign are not mere supports
of a way of painting or of an art genre, to make it more
general, nor do they acquire an autonomous artistic value
far from the painting commitment. (Which means that if we
should want to explain Bees position, undoubtfully
without any qualms and without exaggerating, we can say
that he is one of todays most effective graphic experts
thanks to his own expressive clearness and power). But here
we are expounding the figure of the artist as a whole; how
his graphic sign is not a way of achieving a certain type
of reality and defining it clearly, but how it is expressly
an immediate expression - although harmonously calibrated
- of the deepest reality of the soul; and an expression
of the subconscious areas of the psyche which in their "epiphany"
find their organized arrangement on paper or wood; an order
that appears to be necessary, that doesnt leave room
in our imagination for any other kind of arrangement, neither
as a supplement nor as an alternative. So we cant
call Bees work a graphic sign anymore, but a semantic
connotation whose structures (which we cant call either
pagan or pantheistic) are spawned from cosmic and universal
power lines. Here is where that magnetism comes from, the
magnetism that pervades and flows out of all of his works.
The magnetism that powerfully captures the onlookers
attention in different degrees according to the sensibility
of that attention, along the layers of this high spirituality
that ranges from the kinetic sensation in the bowels of
the earth to the ontological dimension of a nature that
is both ineludible and comforting. This spirituality reaches
practically imperceptible rarefactions in a planetary dimension
into which the soul dives and dissolves. And if behind all
of this there is the superb, millenary power of Indian philosophy,
religion and culture, nonetheless there is also the flavor
of the Western Roman-Judaic-Christian civilization. But
Bees truth is even more convincing and effective than
the truth of a line of thought: the spirituality of which
we have spoken and which we are meditating on finds a worthy
expressive channel in Bees strong charge of creativity
and in the high value of his signs and chromatism.
I met Bee at the Steinplaz café in
Berlin. Like a person possessed, he was drawing the characters
who were frequenting the place. I looked at him while I
was drinking my coffee, and then I asked him to portray
me. No one has ever interpreted me like he did in his drawing.
The interlacing of thick and obsessive lines and the alteration
of my physiognomy fascinate me and make me think of a neurosurgeons